Cycling Movie Rating: 5 / five10.17.14
This month of the year is surely the worst time for Gerry Ryan. He once used to be the chief of the Australian cycling board and used to manage the board pretty well before the problems stared. Lance Armstrong was running on a great run and the Australian cycle gained his fame and money but times changed and it was that time when Armstrong was caught in the case of doping the Australian cycle started to lose its fame. The problems started for the board as several players came out retiring for the fear of getting caught by the anti-doping squad. Two of the Australian racers came out admitting that they had doped in life and hence the picture of Australian cycling got worsen. As this crisis was not enough the Australian board also faced the problems of finances.
All this problems made life difficult for the president Ryan. He was finding it difficult for making sure that the board ran through good governance as the financial crisis continued for the board. This led to a financial crisis and thus the members of the board had to leave their post in order to stop all the problems. Ryan recently ended his woes by leaving the post of president of cycling of Australia. He made way for Malcom Speed to ensure the financial crisis can be overcome. Leaving out the office he stated that if it would have been a business then it would have been closed by now. It is a sport which is represented by the country and hence it has gained some funding that would help them revive from the tough situation. Not only had this he also stepped down from the CEO position of his pro-cycling team. Currently he will be helping the team find out a new CEO for the team.09.22.14
Biking Video Score: four / five09.21.14
Adam Hansen is two day short of finishing his tenth Grand Slam consecutively. He still has the presence of mind for stage 19 at the Galicia of Vuelta a Espania. Michael Mathews and John Degenkolb reached the Alto Monte Faro with the final combat between the sprinters of Vuelta.
Hansen attempted to try his fortune at Cangas de Morrazo. He continued with acceleration. His effort was appreciated and it did not go waste though the lead which he got for himself was not enough for the riders to be able to lag behind him. The chase showed disagreement. Warren Barguil in the finale showed his contribution by the setting of pace.
He however, had the advantage by the impasse which went on. With seven second remaining he doubled it. So it was not just his wit by which he triumphed. There were other factors which contributed to his success. He chased the peloton by freewheeling just by five seconds. After the offence which he made he smiled and it further widened when a reporter questioned inquisitively whether the win was a surprise or hard work. He struggled and he reached it and made it before through his hard work and it was his day. He was alone but that did not deter his confidence in any way.
The manager of Froome pointed out it is sport and anything is possible in bike race. He did not seemed much surprised by the fanfare at all. However it was not the podium which they settled for according to Brailsford. Contador however, stood on the brink of victory. The advantage which he has received is useful. The race is yet not over for many as they strive to push their limits to uneven boundaries. It is this spirit which makes the riders long for more.08.26.14
Britain’s young rider Adam Blythe has delivered a dramatic and perfectly-timed sprint that led to a surprise triumph for him in the wet RideLondon-Surrey Classic riding race yesterday.
A breakaway team of 5 were together foraying into last lap of a few 100 m of the two hundred kilometer course on Mall but it was the 24-year-old lad of NFTO squad who blasted out right from back, getting tremors for his favored contenders.
The bright young rider was powerful enough to lead over fellow Brit Ben Swift from Team Sky & Omega Pharma’s Julian Alaphilippe.
It was quite a tough fight for all the riders courtesy the torrential shower which left the disturbing poodles all across the course causing extreme situation for the contenders at RideLondon-Surrey Classic 2014. A good lot of riders could not stay upright during initial stages due to treacherous conditions & the situation got even harder thanks to constricted country lanes.
Interestingly, the route was used for 2012 London Olympics.
But once the route dried out, the spectators experienced an eleven-man breakaway which included the 2012 world road-racing champ Philippe Gilbert.
It was cut to 5 to set a fantastic finale as chief peloton, including the 2012 Tour France hero Sir Brad Wiggins failed to pull breakaway squad back.
The championship concluded with a remarkable weekend of riding, in capital city that earlier that day featured around 24 thousand novice riders managing a sportive on same course post freecycle event on Saturday where 55 thousand cyclists relished ten miles of traffic-less roads in city centre.
On the other hand, in top notch women Grand Prix tournament last Saturday Giorgia Bronzini of Italy beat top favorite & 2012 Olympic road-racing champ Vos (Marianne) in the last few metres.08.25.14
Biking Online video Ranking: four / five07.27.14
Cycling Movie Ranking: four / five07.22.14
The iconic Tour France has always been held as a high physically demanding championships of the world but this year it seems even tougher given the addition of cobble terror in the race route.
Interestingly, the Tour France route tends to change with each passing year to pose unique demands on the riders, teams & their resources. This year, the tour has been divided into as many as 21 stages which encompasses a total area of around 3,656 km. The 2014 route includes 9 flat stages followed by 5 filly stages, 6 mountain stages, a 54 km long trial & 2 rest days. The versatility of the championship track demands various specialized equipments with better edgy features than those that were used in the previous Tour France versions.
According to experts, it’s the cobbled route that constitutes the intriguing-most aspect of 2014 Tour France. The cobbled route would come at the 5th stage. The tour cyclists, who usually weigh in between 60 -80 kg would have to face massive impact & vibrations while they pass through these surfaces. The terrifying but is that as the cobbled roads are an old phenomena these are hardly flat. Breakage, wear & subsidence have made them very coarse and uneven. To maximize the control & speed, the best of riders usually cycle along the middle side of the cobbled track. However, the seasoned riders might even take to dirt gutter area in between cobbles & grass banks located at road sides as these assure a comparatively smoother surface.
The cobbled track gets exceptionally tougher in wet conditions when it is extremely dangerous to ride on even slightest of cambers. Loss in control, crashes & punctures are common occurrences at this situation & injuries could be severe.